Say hello to a teeny tiny working Mac
RetroMacCast co-host John Leake has built a working, miniaturized replica of the original 1984 Mac. And it's terribly cute.
It's strange to think that less than 30 years after the release of the original Macintosh -- then the cutting edge of consumer computing -- the Mac's been vastly outstripped by a small device that fits in your pocket.
So why not make a a tiny-size working Mac out of today's gadgets? RetroMacCast's John Leake has done precisely that, scaling the machine down to one third of its original size, just 4.5 inches by 3 inches by 3.5 inches (which is still a heck of a lot chunkier than an iPod).
He constructed its body out of white closed-cell PVC foam board called Sintra, using files and sandpaper to shape the bezels, and put in a 3.5-inch TFT LCD monitor.
To power it, he used a Raspberry Pi board running Raspbian, with the Mini vMac emulator on version 6.0.8 of the OS.
A four-port USB hub is mounted inside the mini Mac, with two ports facing out and two in. The two inward-facing ports are used for a Wi-Fi dongle and a Bluetooth dongle, and a two-port, 2.4-amp USB charger sits on top to power the Raspberry Pi and the monitor. An Ethernet port allows it to be connected to the Net via cable.